ESPN’s only father/daughter duo mark one-year “In Timeout” together

A University of Georgia student just marked the one-year anniversary of her podcast with a live audience on May 13. Rising junior advertising major Ally Fleming launched the “In Timeout” podcast last May alongside her father, David.

Ally and David started their podcast in the first few months of the pandemic. Now a year later, they celebrate its success with a live anniversary event.

In a sea of more than 1.7 million podcasts, ESPN’s only daddy/daughter duo continue to differentiate, develop creative content and drive downloads with contrasting views and a growing fan base. This duo teams up weekly to laugh, talk family, sports and pop culture and celebrated their one-year show live from Lost Worlds Brewing in Cornelius, NC on May 13.

“Stuck in quarantine, when we realized the entire world was also “in timeout” I joked about starting a podcast – a few hours later we posted our first show. It was a blast, but we just did it to help pass the time, honestly, and never dreamed we’d still be doing this a year later,” says David Fleming, senior writer for ESPN. “But the reaction has been so amazing, and we quickly realized a father/daughter duo that can talk Kobe Bryant or the Super Bowl one week, rank Taylor Swift songs the next and then do an Arby’s taste test or a #GirlDad fashion quiz was something totally unique to the podcasting world. And so, incredibly, here we are hosting a live audience for our one-year anniversary show. I just hope it’s not being catered by Arby’s.”

Today, the In Timeout podcast is in the top 15% of the more than 100,000 shows on the host site Buzzsprout and is approaching a thousand downloads per month, from Australia to Japan and Germany and throughout the U.S.

“Some of my favorite episodes we record are the spontaneous ones,” says Ally Fleming. “A memorable moment was texting my dad about the new Britney Spears documentary, and in less than 24 hours, we recorded a whole episode covering it.”


“I could see us never running out of ideas to talk about. That’s why I love recording this podcast so much, it never gets boring,” Ally Fleming says.

About In Timeout podcast

In Timeout Podcast, started in the midst of the global COVID 19 pandemic, is a sports podcast like never before. ESPN’s only father/daughter duo, David and Ally Fleming talk sports, pop culture and family. Episodes vary from reviewing the latest Britney Spears documentary to covering Dave’s newest project on ESPN. In Timeout can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Listen to a sample episode:

o   Kobe Bryant’s Legendary 1996 Lakers Workout – Episode 37
o   Rainbow Babies, Girl Dads, Grief & Joy – Episode 12
o   Arby’s Meat Mountain Challenge – Episode 24
o   Jock Jams 25th Anniversary – Episode 15
o   Ally’s Super Super Bowl Episode 34

#ProfilesOfTenacity: Kyra Posey

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from an instructor/mentor/family member?

In my capstone course in the fall of 2020, Professor Dodie Cantrell-Bickley told us to try our hand at multiple platforms in order to tell our stories — video, audio, data journalism, etc. She said that we should try these even if we had never before because, as she said, “the weakest muscles need to be exercised.” She repeated this a few times in the semester, and it’s something that really encouraged me to try new ways to tell stories. In my career after graduation, I think I’ll always remember that it’s okay to try new things, even if it’s scary!

Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?

I knew that I wanted to be in the field of journalism when I entered college, and I knew that Grady’s program had produced many success stories. I was inspired by my upperclassmen friends who said the professors at Grady were some of the best they had ever had, and I could tell I would have an incredible support system here. It turns out that they were right — my faculty mentors have come from the school, and I’ve been able to hone in on my journalistic skills under their advice and leadership.

What is your favorite app or social media channel?

My favorite app is definitely TikTok. So many incredible stories can be told on that platform, and it’s so addicting.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

My most memorable Grady experience was studying abroad at Trinity College in Oxford, England. Ivanka Pjesivac was our professor teaching international communications, and while we were there, we were able to visit London’s CNN Bureau and the Reuter’s Institute in Oxford. Learning about international communications and speaking with some of the best in professional communications was an incredible hands-on learning experience, and it really opened my eyes to the global news flow. Professor Pjesivac really prioritized telling us about global communications across multiple fields (advertising, entertainment, journalism and more), and I’m not sure if I ever would have chosen a course like that unless I had studied abroad. Plus, I made some of my closest friends there.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I only have one kidney that was removed when I was 4 years old, and because it was removed when I was so young, my other kidney grew twice the size of a normal adult’s kidney. It’s a super kidney!

What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

In fall 2020, I placed third in the Associated Collegiate Press’ Multimedia category for my work on The Red & Black’s podcast, “The Front Page.” I covered a week of protests for racial justice happening in Athens last summer. I worked really hard on that podcast and that episode specifically, and I was so glad that this important story was recognized.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about storytelling, and I want to apply my skills to support compelling narratives. This can really be seen in how I’ve applied my skills to my work throughout the years — I moved from reporter to podcast producer to social media editor at The Red & Black, where I learned how my skills could support the organization I worked for. Now, as CNN Audio’s marketing intern, I’ve learned how to use marketing and my communication skills in order to support world class storytelling. Plus, you can always find me listening to a podcast or reading through the headlines. I love consuming stories and great journalism!

What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

The Red & Black has had the biggest impact on my life during my undergraduate career. It is truly the best place to hone in on your journalistic skills. While Grady’s courses provide essential training, having the ability to work in a professional newsroom is invaluable. I was able to find out what I was truly interested in when I moved up from contributor to a member of the editorial board. I eventually pitched, produced and marketed The Red & Black’s podcast “The Front Page,” and talking about that experience led me to a role at CNN Audio. I now hope to pursue post-graduate opportunities in podcasting and radio. If it weren’t for The Red & Black, I’m not sure if I ever would have discovered this interest.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

North Campus is my favorite place on campus. When it gets warm, my favorite thing to do is get milk tea from Bubble Café downtown and study on the North Campus lawn. After I leave Athens, it’ll definitely be the thing I miss the most.

What has been the hardest part about adjusting to COVID-19 in your life as a student and future professional?

The hardest thing about COVID-19 has been everything being virtual. Last semester, I had major Zoom fatigue, and I found it hard at times to stay motivated. However, something that has been an upside to this virtual environment is that you can really connect with anyone in the world! I’ve been able to network with people in New York, and at CNN, I frequently network with people that I might have never met if the internship wasn’t virtual. 

Grady College Conversations podcast: Jonathan Peters

Listen to this episode on Apple PodcastsYou can also hear it on Spotify. Learn more about Grady College podcasts here. 

Jonathan Peters, assistant professor in journalism, joins Dayne Young on Grady College Conversations. He teaches communication law to students across the college. In this episode, Peters discusses the rights of journalists when covering protests in public areas. Peters talks about his background and what first interested him in communication law. He explains how his classes transitioned to online instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, Peters chats about the 2020 election and what trends are emerging from a legal standpoint.

Grady College Conversations podcast: Heather Adams (ABJ ’98)

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Heather Adams (ABJ ’98) is the founder and CEO of Choice Media and Communications in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a member of the Grady Society Alumni Board and is a regular attendee of AdPR Connection and Grady’s Career Day. Heather joins Dayne Young to discuss her path to public relations from Grady, growing a business in Nashville and opening up her own communications agency.

Editor’s note: the episode was recorded prior to the coronavirus pandemic. Any references to campus or gathering together were made before any social distancing guidelines. 

Grady College Conversations podcast: Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04)

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You can find us on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and PodbeanLearn more about all Grady College affiliated podcasts here. This episode features Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04), political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04), political reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, joined Joe Watson, Tieger professor of public affairs communications, to discuss how political campaigns are covered from the journalism and public relations perspectives.

This conversation took place at Grady College in February and is made possible through a combined partnership of the Kennedy, Tieger and Carter professors.

You can see the video version of the conversation below.

Grady College Conversations podcast: Kendall Trammell (ABJ ’16)

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You can find us on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and PodbeanLearn more about all Grady College affiliated podcasts here. This episode features Kendall Trammell (ABJ ’16) of CNN.

Trammell  is a global digital programming producer at CNN. She joins Grady College Conversations to discuss her path from graduation to CNN. She provides insight to how CNN makes journalistic decisions for digital viewers.

“You have to have your finger on the pulse at all times,” Trammell said. “You have to be checking in with different teams, international teams, our national news desk, entertainment, sports teams – it’s a whole global operation.”

She also gives advice to current students about how to take advantage of the opportunities presented at Grady College.

Grady College Conversations podcast: Nick Glickman

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You can find us on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and PodbeanLearn more about all Grady College affiliated podcasts here. This episode features Nick Glickman (ABJ ’16) of Zirkonzahn USA.

Glickman is a young alumnus of Grady College who uses his public relations degree to manage communications in an in-house setting. He talks about how skills learned at Grady translate to his current role and why he comes back to recruit students to Zirkonzahn. We asked him what advice he gives to students who are on the job hunt.

“Being physically present – that leaves a much greater impression than a name on a sheet of paper.” Glickman said. “I’m a talker, so that is a feather in my cap. If you’re not, then follow your passions. If your passion is animation, then create a website with all of your animations. Create a portfolio. Just go all in to this.”

Glickman is a regular attendee to the Grady College Career Day and AdPR Connection where he meets with students and informs them about his journey to employment.

‘Caribbean Voices’ podcast explores community and culture

A podcast, “Caribbean Voices,” created by Leara Rhodes and sponsored by Grady College in partnership with the Latin American-Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) at the University of Georgia can be found online on the Caribbean Voices website.  The podcast aims to share the lifestyles and traditions of the Caribbean Basin and serve as an outreach for the LACSI community. The program includes music, interviews and discussions surrounding issues involving the Caribbean nations.

“Most people when they think of the Caribbean envision cruises or resort areas,” explained Rhodes, who has researched, worked and visited many of the island nations in the Caribbean. “My experience has been that the Caribbean offers so much more and by sharing their culture, traditions, thought and insights, the region might be viewed differently.”

Topics presently on the “Caribbean Voices” podcast include four episodes of drumming: about community, building drums, entertainment and prayer. Other episodes include:

  • Vodou: Religion, Music and Festival
  • Day of Gede (November 2, also known as All Souls’ Day)
  • Caribbean Dance Party as a benefit for the children at the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-of-Prince, Haiti, to show gratitude during our Thanksgiving week.

Episodes in production include:

  • Literature—featuring Puerto Rican guest Mayra Santos-Febres who will talk about her work as a writer, literary critic, essayist, radio and television personality and community activist
  • Music—with Curaçao musicians, Toni Sherman and Maruja Bogaard, who will talk about the difficulty of recording albums and sharing music
  • Sports—featuring a Jamaican long jumper, Chanice Porter, who will talk about being a female athlete in the Caribbean competing in world events
  • Environmentalists—with Trinidadian activists, Molly Gaskin and Karilyn Shephard, who will talk about the problems of protecting the red ibis in wetlands
  • Science—featuring geoscientist, Xavier Moonan, who will talk about mud volcanoes in Trinidad and Dominica.

The podcast is available for listeners to stream on the hosting website Podbean.